As I continue to keep an eye on the passing scene, instead of just 'holding the vision' for that better world about to come into being, I get the occasional sigh coming up. Case in point:
from The Tea Party Economist: 'Internet Sales Tax Bill Will Pass in the Senate' - Gary North - Apr. 26
S. Wolfgram - 4 hours ago
Now I am confused, I heard the other day that this tax is not a sales tax but a tax on the internet itself. Unles the sales tax is a federal sales tax it won't be able to help the government. But a federal tax on everyone's internet bill would certainly benefit the government. Can someone explain this to me?
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kibitzer3 -27p · less than 1 minute ago
And while you're at it, anybody, help me out, too, because I don't understand: If I live in a state with a state sales tax, and travel to a neighboring state that has no sales tax, and purchase an item there, I pay no sales tax on it. Why should I have to pay a sales tax on an item that originates outside of my state just because I purchased it on the Internet, instead of traveling there in person?? If that Internet company is domiciled in a state with no state sales tax, why should they have to keep track of where the people who purchase their products are domiciled??? They could possibly have located in such a state, instead of a state with state (or also local) sales tax. And that's one of the advantages of a federal system of government: the states can be laboratories for various activities. I smell a rat in this thing: a way to begin to break down the identity barriers between states, and turn the nation into simply one monolithic entity. No thanks. But what's the answer to my question, before I start jumping to conclusions??? Thanks.
(4 hours later:)
Phil · 14 minutes ago
I think you are correct. I think BO's regime wants a soviet state and the disolving of our states into "sectors". I think his plan is to END the USA, scrap/do away with the constitution and bill of rights and replace it with marx's manifesto and declare a police state. Have to totally disarm us first tho.
Read more: http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/04/26/internet-sales-tax-bill-will-pass-in-the-senate/#ixzz2ReApUh8F
…and same email; 'Food Stamp Nation: 20% of U.S. Households' - Gary North - Apr. 26
Bob Marshall · 8 hours ago
" I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." Benjamin Franklin
[I hadn't come across this quote from Ben before; but it fits with other observations that he made. A good point.]
Read more: http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/04/26/food-stamp-nation-20-of-u-s-households/#ixzz2RdAMshtF
[They have apparently refused to print a comment I made, in response to the following thread at this blog:
Seymour Kleerly· 15 hours ago
What would Jesus do?
Neuday - 13 hours ago
Let's go with St. Paul with 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV) : "For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat."
Seymour Kleerly · 11 hours ago
Who said anything about not working. We're talking about people who work like dogs (the vast majority) and still can't make ens meet. Turn off Fox News and think harder.
[I posted - tried to - something here, in reply to Seymour's comment, to the effect that "We're talking about two different things here: 1) people who indeed are caught in the recessional downturn and just need a helping hand temporarily; and 2) the Cloward-Piven Strategy to collapse the capitalist system under the weight of federal spending, in order to replace it with a socialist system, with all the hallmarks of an Orwellian police state (much like the fascist system for the same sort of police state from the'Right').
"The answer is not to go back, but to move on, from this Crisis affording us Opportunity: the Opportunity to move to a social system based on our being 'spiritual beings having a human experience'. And note that I did not say 'religious'. There's a difference.
"And it makes all the difference in the world."
I noted that something was different from the norm at this site right away, when my 'Post Comment' signal triggered a statement something like 'this statement will need to go to moderation before being posted'. That was over 4 hours ago, and my contribution still has not been posted. Whereas on the first blog above, at the same site, at the same time, my contribution was added with no such need/'flag' for moderation.
I think it not unfair to conclude that the difference is that in the second instance, what triggered the 'flag' was my reference to a fascist system.
I can only conclude that the Tea Party Economist.com site doesn't want to post any references to a fascist regime; only take criticisms of a socialist system from the Left.
Poor Fella, My Country.]
Read more: http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/04/26/food-stamp-nation-20-of-u-s-households/#ixzz2Re4UKevK